Another Civil War?
Movie director Ron Maxwell has been in Loudoun County stumping for at least two Republican candidates in this fall's elections: Greg Ahlemann, who aims to be the next sheriff of Loudoun County, and Jill Holtzman Vogel, who hopes to succeed retiring Virginia Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester).
Maxwell made the Civil War epics "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals," the latter of which Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter called "something of a Confederate Honor Restoration Project."
What the two candidates have in common is a very early commitment to cracking down on illegal immigration, a position that has become all the rage since Prince William County passed its much-publicized resolution this summer.
It is clearly an issue close to Maxwell's own heart, too. In a letter to the Loudoun Times-Mirror late last month, Maxwell warned that allowing immigrants to flow unabated into the country could have disastrous consequences:
Mexican and American people are human -- and they will behave as all other peoples everywhere in all of human history, in predictable ways. Why on earth would we want to create the conditions in the American Southwest or for that matter all across America, for future civil strife, or in a worst case scenario, civil war?
Interestingly, one of the stars of "Gods and Generals" is Robert Duvall, who portrayed Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Duvall, who lives in Fauquier County, has dabbled in local issues of late, helping to finance the Piedmont Environmental Council's fight against a Dominion Virginia Power high-voltage power line through rural Northern Virginia.
And former Sen. George Allen played a cameo as a Confederate soldier.
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